D DAY Through German Eyes the Hidden Story of June 6th 1944

D DAY Through German Eyes   the Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
Author: Holger Eckhertz
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2016-11-04
Genre: Collective memory
ISBN: 1539586391

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This new paperback edition contains Book One and Book Two of this series, revealing the hidden side of D Day which has fascinated readers around the world. Almost all accounts of D Day are told from the Allied perspective. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day? This book sheds fascinating light on these questions, bringing together statements made by German survivors after the war, when time had allowed them to reflect on their state of mind, their actions and their choices of June 6th. We see a perspective of D Day which deserves to be added to the historical record, in which ordinary German troops struggled to make sense of what was facing them, and emerged stunned at the weaponry and sheer determination of the Allied troops. Above all, we now have the unheard human voices of the individual German soldiers - the men who are so often portrayed as a faceless mass.

D Day Through German Eyes

D Day Through German Eyes
Author: Benjamin Simon,Smart Readers' Summary
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2016-06-03
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 1533613958

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NOTE: THIS BOOK IS AN UNOFFICIAL SUMMARY OF THE ORIGINAL BOOK AND IT IS NOT WRITTEN BY HOLGER ECKHERTZ Many people have longed to see the hidden facts associated with the occurrences on the D-Day for many years to no avail. But Holger Eckhertz has done a fantastic job in shedding light to and uncovering the intriguing aspects of the story. Therefore, it is a pleasure to bring you concise and summarized form of these fascinating pieces of information in such a way as to guarantee maximum benefit in the shortest possible time. The events narrated in this book is a compilation by a Military Journalist who wrote widely read articles and features for German troops. He retired after the war to work on this project; a compilation of interviews he conducted with German soldiers who fought in Normandy on the famed "D-day." This book was inspired by the initial interviews he conducted of the troops tasked with defending the Atlantic Wall from the invading Allies. After the Germans lost that battle-and consequently the war-their side of the story was never heard. The journalist then decided to locate the members of some of the units he interviewed before the battle in a bid to hear their side of the story and write a book based on these. Unfortunately, he died before he could complete the book. His son saw the folder that contained his father's research and he decided to finish it; what he found was a shocking narrative of how the battle looked from the eyes of the soldiers that tried to defend the Wall on that day. It contained stories of how the troops fought resolutely for hours to keep their ground even as they saw the impending loss. The Allied forces invaded by way of 5 Normandy beaches; from the Utah beach in the west to the Sword beach in the east (the beaches were named so by the invading Allies). This book contains one narrative for each beach and it aims to reveal the other side of the story. Winners live to tell the tales of how a war went, but in this case, you have the opportunity to hear the story from the mouth of the vanquished and it is a fascinating tale indeed.

D Day Through German Eyes

D Day Through German Eyes
Author: Jonathan Trigg
Publsiher: Amberley Publishing Limited
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-05-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781445689326

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‘We weren’t afraid of the Allies as soldiers, but we were afraid of their materiel – it was going to be men versus machines.’

The Germans in Normandy

The Germans in Normandy
Author: Richard Hargreaves
Publsiher: Grub Street Publishers
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2006-11-06
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781781594704

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This account of the D-Day invasion—from the German point of view—includes maps and photos. The Allied invasion of Northern France was the greatest combined operation in the history of warfare. Up until now, it has been recorded from the attackers’ point of view—whereas the defenders’ angle has been largely ignored. While the Germans knew an invasion was inevitable, no one knew where or when it would fall. Those manning Hitler’s mighty Atlantic Wall may have felt secure in their bunkers, but they had no conception of the fury and fire that was about to break. After the initial assaults of June established an Allied bridgehead, a state of stalemate prevailed. The Germans fought with great courage—hindered by lack of supplies and overwhelming Allied control of the air. This book describes the catastrophe that followed, in a unique look at the war from the losing side.

Blood Red Snow

Blood Red Snow
Author: Gunter Koschorrek
Publsiher: Frontline Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-04-13
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781848325968

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Günter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on, storing them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing, and it was not until he was reunited with his daughter in America some forty years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow. The author’s excitement at the first encounter with the enemy in the Russian Steppe is obvious. Later, the horror and confusion of fighting in the streets of Stalingrad are brought to life by his descriptions of the others in his unit – their differing manners and techniques for dealing with the squalor and death. He is also posted to Romania and Italy, assignments he remembers fondly compared to his time on the Eastern Front. This book stands as a memorial to the huge numbers on both sides who did not survive and is, some six decades later, the fulfilment of a responsibility the author feels to honour the memory of those who perished.

Normandiefront

Normandiefront
Author: Bruce Corner
Publsiher: The History Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-10-21
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780752472867

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In the cold morning of June 6, 1944, thousands of German soldiers are in position from Port en Bessin eastwards past Colleville on the Normandy coast, aware that a massive invasion force is heading straight for them. According to Allied Intelligence, they shouldn't be there. 352 infantry division would ensure the invaders would pay a massive price to take Omaha beach. There were veterans from the Russian front amongst them and they were well trained and equipped. the presence of 352 Division meant that the number of defenders was literally double the number expected - and on the best fortified of all the invasion beaches. What makes this account of the bloody struggle unique is that it is told from the German standpoint, using firsthand testimony of German combatants. There are not many of them left and these accounts have been painstakingly collected by the authors over many years.

Allies

Allies
Author: Alan Gratz
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-10-15
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781338245745

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An instant New York Times bestseller!Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world. June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them? The biggest, most top-secret operation ever, with the Allied nations coming together to storm German-occupied France.Welcome to D-Day.Dee, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. And Dee -- along with his brothers-in-arms -- is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders.But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army. Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid. And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save.In a breathtaking race against time, they all must fight to complete their high-stakes missions. But with betrayals and deadly risks at every turn, can the Allies do what it takes to win?

A Higher Call

A Higher Call
Author: Adam Makos,Larry Alexander
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2012-12-19
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781101618950

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: “Beautifully told.”—CNN • “A remarkable story...worth retelling and celebrating.”—USA Today • “Oh, it’s a good one!”—Fox News A “beautiful story of a brotherhood between enemies” emerges from the horrors of World War II in this New York Times bestseller by the author of Spearhead. December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler—and he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger... What happened next would defy imagination and later be called “the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.” The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.

Seven Days in Hell

Seven Days in Hell
Author: David O'Keefe
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2019-10-29
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781443454780

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A riveting tour de force by Canada’s leading military historian about the heroic Black Watch’s fight for survival at Verrières Ridge Centred around one of Canada’s most storied regiments, Seven Days in Hell tells the epic tale of the bloody battle for Verrières Ridge, a dramatic saga that unfolded just weeks after one of Canada’s greatest military triumphs of the Second World War. O’Keefe takes us on a heart-pounding journey at the sharp end of combat during the infamous Normandy campaign, when more than 300 Black Watch Highlanders from across Canada, the United States, Great Britain and the Allied world found themselves embroiled in mortal combat against elite Waffen-SS units and grizzled Eastern Front veterans. Only a handful walked away. Pinned down as the result of strategic blunders and the fog of war, the men were thrust into a nightmare where station, rank, race and religion mattered little and only character won the day. Drawing on formerly classified documents and rare first-person testimony from the men who fought on the front lines, O’Keefe follows the footsteps of the ghosts of Normandy, giving a voice yet again to the men who sacrificed everything in the summer of 1944.

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2017-04-04
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781501173219

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A cloth bag containing 20 paperback copies of the title that may also include a folder with sign out sheets.

No Surrender

No Surrender
Author: James Sheeran
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-02-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781101486283

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The Nazis caught him, but they couldn't hold him-a gripping WWII memoir from a D-Day paratrooper and American hero. A paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, James Sheeran was just a kid when he floated into Normandy on D-Day-only to be captured soon afterward by the Germans. Escaping from a POW train bound for Germany, Sheeran traveled behind enemy lines in France, eventually fighting alongside the French Resistance. After hooking up with Patton's advancing army, he fought admirably in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, and was ultimately awarded the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and the Chevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honor. Sheeran's breathtaking chronicle of his capture, daring escape, fierce guerilla resistance, and valor under fire is an unforgettable testament to the spirit of the American soldier.

The Last Panther

The Last Panther
Author: Wolfgang Faust
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2016-03-17
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 1530359708

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While the Battle of Berlin in 1945 is widely known, the horrific story of the Halbe Kessel remains largely untold. In April 1945, victorious Soviet forces encircled 80,000 men of the German 9th Army in the Halbe area, South of Berlin, together with many thousands of German women and children. The German troops, desperate to avoid Soviet capture, battled furiously to break out towards the West, where they could surrender to the comparative safety of the Americans. For the German civilians trapped in the Kessel, the quest to escape took on frantic dimensions, as the terror of Red Army brutality spread. The small town of Halbe became the eye of the hurricane for the breakout, as King Tigers of the SS Panzer Corps led the spearhead to the West, supported by Panthers of the battle-hardened 21st Panzer Division. Panzer by panzer, unit by unit, the breakout forces were cut down - until only a handful of Panthers, other armour, battered infantry units and columns of shattered refugees made a final escape through the rings of fire to the American lines. This first-hand account by the commander of one of those Panther tanks relates with devastating clarity the conditions inside the Kessel, the ferocity of the breakout attempt through Halbe, and the subsequent running battles between overwhelming Soviet forces and the exhausted Reich troops, who were using their last reserves of fuel, ammunition, strength and hope. Eloquent German-perspective accounts of World War 2 are surprisingly rare, and the recent reissue of Wolfgang Faust's 1948 memoir 'Tiger Tracks' has fascinated readers around the world with its insight into the Eastern Front. In 'The Last Panther, ' Faust used his unique knowledge of tank warfare to describe the final collapse of the Third Reich and the murderous combat between the German and Russian armies. He gives us a shocking testament to the cataclysmic final hours of the Reich, and the horrors of this last eruption of violence among the idyllic forests and meadows of Germany.

Parachute Infantry

Parachute Infantry
Author: David Webster
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2014-05-08
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781473501799

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Paratrooper David Kenyon Webster jumped into the chaos of occupied Europe on D-Day, fighting his way through Holland and finally capturing Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. He was the only member of Easy Company to write down his experiences as soon as he came home from war. Webster records with visceral and sometimes brutal detail what it is like to take a bullet in the leg, to fight pitched battles capturing enemy towns, and to endure long periods of boredom punctuated by sudden moments of terror. But most of all, Parachute Infantry shows how a group of comrades entered the furnace of war and came out brothers.

WN 62

WN 62
Author: Hein Severloh
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 157
Release: 2011
Genre: Operation Neptune
ISBN: 3932922239

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Wiking A Dutch SS er on the Eastern Front

Wiking  A Dutch SS er on the Eastern Front
Author: Henk Kistemaker
Publsiher: Eyewitness 1939 - 1945
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2019-02-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 908975881X

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Henk Kistemaker wrote a unique report about his war experiences as a member of the Waffen-SS. Percentage wise most volunteers for the German Waffen-SS, about 25,000 men, came from the Netherlands. The first division in which a contingent Dutch men served, was the SS Division Wiking. This division was deployed shortly after the invasion of Russia in 1941. She fought among others in Ukraine. During the summeroffensive of 1942 Wiking was able to penetrate deep into the Caucasus. In 1944 the Russian encirclement at Tsjerkassy was broken. In May 1945, most Wikingers became American prisoners of war. Also the 18-year-old Henk Kistemaker volunteered, in a thirst for adventure and on the advice of his German-minded father, to be a participant in this war. On the Eastern Front he experienced the heavy and gruesome battles; first as an infantryman and later as a member of a Panther tankcrew. He was wounded three times. At the age of 22, when the war has ended, he was a warveteran. In the years before his death, in 2003, Henk Kistemaker wrote his memories. It became a fascinating and shocking report about a young Dutchman in the vortex of the war.